Frank Ocean Boycotts 2017 Grammys On Behalf Of Black Artists
Frank Ocean recently gave a rare interview with the New York Times discussing his decision to sit out the 2017 Grammys. Blonde might be considered one of the best reviewed albums of the year but Frank claims the music industry doesn’t do a good job representing Black artists as a whole.
“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” he said. “It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.” He noted that since he was born, just a few black artists have won album of the year, including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and Ray Charles.
Frank says he wants this to be his “Colin Kaepernick moment” by sitting out the award show…
Though Mr. Ocean said the Grammys reached out to his representatives, he never spoke with them directly before making his decision. “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated,” he said. “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
Frank chose not to submit his music for consideration for the 2017 Grammys but do you think his protest will be in vain? Sound off in the comment section below.